Sunday, July 3, 2016 4:52 PM Local Time
Allan Le is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club.
The professional poker player from Huntington Beach, CA won the $1,500 buy-in Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split/Omaha High-Low Split/Big O tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Le collected $189,223 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career. Le previously won a High Roller tournament. He now has 30 cashes at the WSOP.
Le won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which included a mixture of newcomers and tournament veterans. The moment of triumph came when Le had a huge chip lead and scooped the final pot of the tournament against Phillipp Elrisch, from Germany, who finished as the runner up.
Le is one of three prominent poker-playing brothers. He’s the youngest of a family that also includes Nam Le and Tommy Le. However, Allan is the first to win the coveted gold bracelet.
This was a first-time event on the WSOP schedule. The format included three varieties of Omaha High-Low Split – pot-limit, limit, and Big O.
This tourney attracted 668 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $901,800. The top 101 finishers collected prize money.
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Second Place: Phillip Elrisch (Berlin, Germany) -- $116,915
Third Place: Cody Crouch (Amarillo TX) -- $79,403
Fourth Place: Gavin Smith (Guelph, ON – Canada) -- $54,889
Fifth Place: Keith Ferrera (Las Vegas, NV) -- $38,634
Sixth Place: Yuval Bronshtein (Tel Aviv, Israel) -- $27,696
Seventh Place: David Bach (Athens, GA) -- $20,229
Eighth Place: Gary Bolden (Las Vegas, NV) -- $15,059
Ninth Place: John Monnette, from Palmdale, CA $11,431
This was the 53rd official event on this year’s schedule. This leaves 16 gold bracelet events still to go at the 2016 WSOP.
Sunday, July 3, 2016 3:16 PM Local Time
Allan Le wins his first WSOP bracelet
Phillip Eirisch has the button and pots to 150,000, then Allan Le re-pots from the big blind. Eirisch calls all in.
Le has against Eirisch's . The flop is favorable to Le, with showing, then the turn makes his low and the river is no help for Eirisch. Le wins with the nut low and has fives and threes for the high, to claim the win, the bracelet, and the first-place prize of $189,223.
Phillip Eirisch finishes as the runner-up in this debuting event for $116,915.
Sunday, July 3, 2016 3:10 PM Local Time
Philipp Eirisch raises to 150,000 from the button and Allan Le calls from the big blind.
The flop is and Le checks to Eirisch, who shoves for about 235,000. Le calls.
Le leads with a flopped flush, while Eirisch holds a better low draw.
The turn is the , keeping Le ahead with the flush.
The river is the , giving Eirisch an 8-6-5-4-2 low to chop the pot.
Sunday, July 3, 2016 3:03 PM Local Time
Allan Le - 4,580,000
Philipp Eirisch - 435,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 3:02 PM Local Time
Allan Le raises from the button to 130,000, Cody Crouch three-bet shoves from the small blind for about 280,000, and Le calls.
The flop is , giving Le trip fives and leaving Crouch drawing to running cards to survive.
The turn is the , giving Crouch a draw to Broadway, but the river is the to end his tournament in third place.
Allan Le - 4,580,000
Cody Crouch - Eliminated in 3rd Place ($79,403)
Sunday, July 3, 2016 3:01 PM Local Time
Under the gun, Gavin Smith raises to 120,000. Allan Le reraises to 375,000. Cody Crouch and Phillip Eirisch fold their blinds, then Smith calls.
The flop is and Smith, after a short pause, pots to 825,000. Le raises all in and Smith quickly calls, putting all of his chips at risk. Le's stack covers his.
Smith shows . He already has top and bottom pair. Le has with the nut-flush draw and a better low draw.
The turn and flop are and . Le makes his flush, and with the better low, he scoops a pot that is for more than 80% of the chips in play, knocking Gavin Smith out of the game.
Allan Le - 4,210,000
Gavin Smith - Eliminated in 4th Place ($54,889)
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:45 PM Local Time
Philipp Eirisich raises from under the gun, Allan Le calls from the small blind, and Cody Crouch calls from the big blind.
They check to the turn of a board where Le bets. Crouch calls and Eirisich folds.
The river is the and Le bets again. Crouch tanks for a bit before he calls.
Le tables for a queen-high straight, Crouch mucks, and Le wins the pot.
Allan Le - 2,325,000
Cody Crouch - 350,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:40 PM Local Time
Under the gun, Cody Crouch bets, then Gavin Smith three-bets in the small blind. Crouch calls.
The flop is . Smith bets again and Crouch calls.
Smith bets the turn. Again, Crouch calls.
Finally, on the river , Smith makes another big bet of 200,000. This one Crouch can't call and his cards go to the muck.
Gavin Smith - 1,780,000
Cody Crouch - 800,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:35 PM Local Time
Cody Crouch raises to 120,000 from under the gun and Allan Le calls from the big blind.
They check to the turn of a board where Crouch bets 140,000. Le calls.
The river is the and Le leads for 300,000. Crouch folds.
Allan Le - 1,320,000
Cody Crouch - 1,345,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:33 PM Local Time
Philipp Eirisch raises to 175,000 from the button and Allan Le calls from the big blind.
The flop is and Le shoves for 355,000. Eirisch calls.
Le holds the nut straight, while Eirisch holds the nut-low draw.
The turn and river complete the board, however, no help to Eirisch, giving Le the double.
Allan Le - 1,085,000
Philipp Eirisch - 840,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:27 PM Local Time
Allan Le raises under the gun to 110,000 and Cody Crouch calls on the button.
The flop is , Le checks and Crouch raises to 295,000. Le calls.
Le moves all in on the turn and Crouch calls for less.
Crouch tables and Le has . Crouch has aces and sixes for the high, and both players have the nut low. The river card doesn't change the situation and Crouch takes three fourths here.
Cody Crouch - 1,875,000
Allan Le - 530,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:15 PM Local Time
Gavin Smith raises to 120,000 from the button, Cody Crouch raises the pot to 385,000 from the big blind, and Smith calls.
The flop is and Crouch bets the pot. Smith folds.
Cody Crouch - 1,460,000
Gavin Smith - 1,405,000
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:11 PM Local Time
Keith Ferrera eliminated
On the second hand of play, Cody Crouch raises from middle position and Keith Ferrera reraises his big blind. Crouch raises again and the two shortest stacks to start the day are all in preflop.
Crouch has and Ferrera has . The board runs out and Crouch scoops the pot with a pair of nines and the six-four low.
Cody Crouch - 740,000 (3 BB)
Keith Ferrera - Eliminated in 5th Place ($38,634)
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:01 PM Local Time
The five remaining players are starting with Omaha hi/lo; limits are 100,000/200,000.
Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:00 PM Local Time
Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:45 AM Local Time
Gavin Smith Leads the Final 5 Players
Welcome to Day 4 of Event #53: $1,500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8; Big O.
There are five players returning for an extra day of play, lead by Gavin Smith (1,800,000). Also in contention for the top prize of $189,223 and a gold bracelet are Philipp Eirisch (1,175,000), Allan Le (1,125,000), Cody Crouch (565,000), and Keith Ferrera (320,000).
This new entry on the WSOP calendar brought in 668 players to try out three variations on Omaha split-pot games. It generated a total prize pool of $901,800, and 101 players received a part of the prize money.
The event was scheduled to play down to a winner on Day 3, but the number of players returning for Day 2 made that unlikely. While the pace of eliminations was fast early in the day, it slowed as the players reached the final table after dinner on Saturday.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. on Level 31 with blinds for PLO/8 and Big O at 25,000/50,000, and blinds for Omaha 8 at 50,000/100,000 with limits of 100,000/200,000.
WSOP.com is your destination for information on this exciting and unique event.